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    Question Ripping via Wii shortens drive life??

    As the wii is intended to read games as and when you play, is it true to say that using the wii to continually rip games to HDD shortens the life of the drive?

    As I've said before the whole point of my softmod atm, is to increase the life of the drive, by ripping all original discs. I have noticed that ripping some games takes around 30-40 minutes. It could make sense that the continuous read puts a strain on the drive but just thinking of the long term pros agains cons.

    Any opinions?

    PS I am waiting for a HP HEWLETT PACKARD GDR-8162B DVD-ROM DRIVE (BLACK) which was manufactured in 2004 but is being offered as brand new (seller does confirm that it is wii and gc rawdump compatible), thought i'd get it as a backup plan, £30 GBP inc delivery (got to be easier than opening up a new wii to install a replacement drive, or virginising to send back to 9-10-DOH).

    Obviously bit more of a hassle ripping to PC first etc compared to slapping a disc in the wii, but if I am doing long term damage, then this is the route I'll take.
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    I don't know, if you think about it....these dang things are meant for years of use without a problem. I don't think spending lets say....a month ripping CD's would have any detrimental effects.

    Especially because of the way of electronics, who's to say that thing wouldn't break down 2 months from now regardless of what you did.

    Personally, I'm not too concerned about things like that. I've had my PS2 for something like 7 or 8 years now and it JUST got to the point where it's not playing DVD's but games are fine. To me it just seems to be one of those things where it's something exaggerated that people are paranoid about without any substantial proof to back it up......kind of like shaking a baby harms it.....Nonsense!! (just kidding about that last part)

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    I get what you're saying Nubioso, but what thigs are designed for and what they do are different things, toyota

    I think it (my paranoia) may be because I had the same problem with the drive on my Liteon HDD which packed up after a year. I read up at a number of forums and then found out that it was such a common problem that manufacture was ceased.

    My question is, could I possibly be accelerating the wear by ripping on a continuous basis?
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    I'd imagine ripping is easier on the laser in the long term. Playing games and loading from different parts of the disc is what wears the thing out, especially with backups, I'd imagine.
    Not really doing much Wii stuff these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjat69 View Post
    I get what you're saying Nubioso, but what thigs are designed for and what they do are different things, toyota

    I think it (my paranoia) may be because I had the same problem with the drive on my Liteon HDD which packed up after a year. I read up at a number of forums and then found out that it was such a common problem that manufacture was ceased.

    My question is, could I possibly be accelerating the wear by ripping on a continuous basis?
    I wouldnt worry too much about the life ouf your laser compared to that of an HDD. A laser device gerally fails with motor problems and laser movement problems (you can tell if it's this by the drive needing to 'warm up' before certain discs can be read), HDD use magnetic storage, have a lot more moving parts and are susceptible to electromagnetic interference which CAN corrupt the information on the drive making you think it's 'failing'. Solid state HDD drives are slightly different in that they store data in the same way as a USB stick, although there useable read/write life is about 100 times greater (which is why there capacity is currently so limited), also there may be a couple of cooling fans which are the only moving parts and even if one fails it shouldnt affect the drive too much.
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    I have noticed that ripping some games takes around 30-40 minutes.
    Why dont you use Superdumper!Only takes 20 minutes to rip a game to sd/usb instead
    of getting the new dvd-rom drive! Although you will still using your wii drive!
    PM me for working link if you're interested.



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